Kanonkop Pinotage 2006

By , 20 November 2015



Kanonkop Pinotage 2006

Good to go.

After tasting through a variety of rather poor new releases (no names, no pack drill), I lost patience and decided to open a bottle of Pinotage 2006 from Kanonkop in Stellenbosch, a wine which won Veritas double gold as well as placing among the Absa Top 10 in 2011.

Despite an abv of 14.5% and maturation (termed “breeding” on the back label) lasting 16 months in 225-litre French oak, 80% new, it’s by no means a monster of a wine. On the nose, plums, red cherries, a little incense-like fragrance, earth and spice. The palate meanwhile was medium-bodied with pure fruit and fresh acidity, the tannins already quite soft and mellow. I’m sure it will go for yonks but equally I wasn’t too regretful about opening it now.

#WinemagRating: 92/100.


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    Edi James | 6 December 2023

    I’m going to open this soon. I hope I’m not too late.

      Kwispedoor | 7 December 2023

      I had this 2006 earlier in the year on a blind tasting, Edi. The wine was far from over the hill, but certainly seemed to be in a bit of a lull phase. There was a 2013 Kanonkop Pinotage on the same tasting that showed better. If you have good storage facilities, I don’t think waiting longer will do any harm – I’m certainly going to wait a few more years before opening another one of mine. The Kanonkop Pinotages often blossom beautifully after 20+ years.

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